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Poster: JackDog Date: Jun 28, 2012 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

I'm not sure about official capacities, so it was either Riverport Amphitheater in St. Louis or The Pyramid in Memphis (according to Wikipedia, both are about 20,000).

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 28, 2012 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

The pyramid in Tenn? Drove past it a couple times in my life. Looks super-cool.

You must be a late bloomer :) I've heard from some people
that the shows they saw there werent too good (sound wise,
and band wise). What did you think? (and dates plz).
Im gonna guess 94?

I CAN NOT believe that its gonna be a Bass Pro Shop "megastore." The size of that thing? 20,000 people puchasing BAIT? pleeeeeeeeease. Im blown away.

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Poster: JackDog Date: Jun 29, 2012 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

I didn't know about the Pyramid being closed, and the Bass Pro Shop thing is just sad...but I guess that's better than being torn down (which is what happened to the venue where I saw my favorite Grateful Dead show). I was a late bloomer, listening to them for the first time during my freshman year in college in 1992. Here's my list of shows:

Soldier Field, Chicago - summer 1993 (both shows)
Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland - fall 1993 (2nd & 3rd nights, 9/10/93 is my favorite Dead show)
Soldier Field, Chicago - summer 1994 (first night only)
The Pyramid, Memphis - spring 1995 (first night only)
Riverport Amp, St. Louis - summer 1995 (second night only)

So only seven shows with just two multi-night trips. I live in Kansas so all of these were pretty long drives. When I saw my first shows I only had "Skeletons From The Closet" and a few other cd's, and seeing the parking lot and the show were eye-opening experiences. I was able to acquire a few tapes before my second trip, but I still didn't know most of their song list (I heard NFA for the first time ever and thought that the clapping afterward was spontaneous LOL). It wasn't until my last show that I knew all of the songs that were played.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 29, 2012 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

better on the bus late than not at all :)

Yeah, I hear ya about the Coliseum being torn down. Growing
up in Ohio, that place became a church to me. Back in I
think 86 was my first show: Bon Jovi 'slippery when wet'
tour I think. It sucked soooooooooooooo bad. But it was
the thing to do in my teenage years. Ive seen Ratt, Poison,
Floyd, Plant, Cinderella, INXS
(where I watched someone die on the way there in
a car crash, turned out to be the daughter of my high school
vice principle. Very sad.was trippin my balls off too
which really fucked with my head for a while),
and god...
just sooooo many bands. Matter of fact I was listening to
the 9-8-90 show today. Vinces second show. The Estimated still provides goose pimples for me.

Glad you got to see those 93 shows. Its funny to hear how
you remember it. HA!

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Poster: JackDog Date: Jun 29, 2012 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

The funniest thing about those '93 shows in Richfield was that I had no idea about them until the weekend before. I went to school in Manhattan, KS and was visiting friends who were living in Lawrence, KS. We happened to run into some people from my school who were going to the shows and told us about them, and I figured that since they were going there's no reason that we shouldn't. So less than four days later three of us were headed along I-70 to the shows. We left on Wednesday, drove straight through to Cleveland (we passed Richfield and ended up in Cleveland), the three of us slept in my Honda Civic on until the lots opened on Thursday, slept in the car in a park on Thursday night, and we drove all the way to a rest stop in St. Louis after the Friday show. It was a LOT of driving that I'd never even think about doing again today, but it was well worth the trip.